Workplace Flexibility

The Economist considers whether today's economic uncertainty will shift the fragile balance of power between old-school managers and their computer-savvy, collaborative, confident (some say overly entitled), Net Generation employees. Net Geners will certainly have to temper some of their expectations and take the world as it is, not as they would like it to be. […]

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Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors attained significantly higher financial performance, on average, than those with the lowest representation of women board directors, according to non-profit Catalyst’s most recent report, The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards. In addition, the report points out, on average, notably stronger-than-average […]

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Sunday's New York Times business section has a lengthy article on Wall Street's attempt to retain women professionals and woo back others that have left. It echoes many of the themes in Sylvia Anne Hewlett's March 2005 HBR article and features profiles of two women (one starting out, one attempting to return to Wall Street). […]

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Are you innovative? Do you approach problems from a different perspective than the way we've always done it? Are your solutions to complex problems clever and imaginative? Obviously, finance executives should not be too innovative when if comes to accounting (look where that led the Enron team) but we can use a few pointers from […]

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The cover story of this month's CFO magazine is What Women Want, and exploration of life-work balance, opportunities, and flexibility. The article balances quotes from leading women in finance with data from a survey of 363 finance professionals (men and women). Fewer than 10 percent of CFOs in either the Fortune 500 or the Fortune […]

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A new non-profit, The Flexibility Alliance, promotes workplace flexibility. It provides resources for employers as well as working parents. Key flexibility stats: 60% (nearly) of women in one study would have left their jobs without the opportunity to work flexibly. 53% of the women in the same study were promoted while working flexibly Managers and […]

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